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Friday, 17 August 2012

August TUSAL

It's TUSAL Time again!

Here is mine, posing with Papillon's Around the World in 80 Stitches and the lovely folder I use to keep all the ATW80 charts in.  I decided it would be easier to have each page in a separate plastic sleeve in a folder.


I was lucky enough to win this lovely kit from Linda the Keeper of the Crowes to celebrate her First Blogaversary.  The chart uses standard DMC threads but Linda has subbed the two main colours for these gorgeous Gentle Arts threads.

I have used the gold one already on an exchange I'm stitching (so you can't see it yet!) and it's very subtly variegated.  It's so hard to get these different threads without having a proper LNS so it is lovely to win some.  I received some from Ruth the Musing Badger a while back and have used her Cherry Bark on the same exchange too.

Finally, it's Jan's Birthday today.  She will be celebrating in her Thread Garden along with an e-card I sent her:

This is another one of Brooke's Books monthly cakes.  The original has a big A (for August) on top of the cake but I missed it off because Jan's name doesn't begin with an A!  The border isn't a variegated thread because I didn't have a nice pale blue, instead I did batches of about 20 stitches of 5 different blues all the way round.

I'm planning on stitching all 12 (I did June's for Joyzse already) so if you'd like an e-card of your month just let me know when your Birthday is.  E-cards are so environmentally-friendly and also save me on postage!  Half my spending money seems to go on postage these days!  And muffins.  They are three for £1 at the Post Office corner shop and it's the Large Boy's reward for walking there with me!

16 comments:

Karen said...

Love the cake! Looks absolutely edible!

rosey175 said...

That's a beautiful chart you're working on! What a wonderful kit to win, and the colors subbed in are lovely! I totally know your frustration without having a proper LNS; the nearest one is about 70 miles (~110km) away and only carries DMC and Anchor.

The cake is lovely! I'm probably quite blind but are the little white things beads?

Angi said...

beautiful!!! Again, I'd love to have your mojo!!

tadamama said...

Lovely prize and great ORTs! And I adore that cake!

cucki said...

Aww such a sweet gift...
Lovely Orts and cake is looking so yummy
Hugs xx

Anne said...

Around the World is looking great Jo! Love that birthday card...you make the coolest ones!! Congrats on your win and having fun with the variegated threads! I love them!!

Rhona said...

Lovely prize! Love your cake too!

Julie said...

Super prize. I agree about the postage, its getting ridiculous having to send a large letter stamp when you are only enclosing a little thread, costs more than the thread sometimes!

Mangogirl said...

Beautiful ecard love you atw80 really great progress.

Susan said...

Around the World is looking wonderful - great color choices. Very pretty give-away win. I love Brooke's birthday cakes and have stitched several. Wonderful idea on the blue shading.

lesli said...

Congratulations on your win....lovely kit! Love your progress on Around the World...I need to find a cute folder to put all my pages in like yours!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lovely TUSAL!

That montly cake is so Cute! What a lovely blogiversary win.

Mouse said...

oooooooooo i have the very same folder for some other charts ...lol love the cake card .... gorgeous chart you won too ... threads are lovely as well .... can't you get up to harrogate in November ??? love mouse xxxxx

Christine said...

Great card!
There used to be a little bakery on the corner by the school, cost me a fortune because someone always wanted a little treat by the time we got down there...

Anonymous said...

Hello

Your prize is lovely and your Around The World is beautiful.

The E-card is so sweet.

Holly x

Joysze said...

... and it was a gorgeous ecard. :D